Taylor B. Alarcon is a PhD student, Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow, and Provost Diversity Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University. His primary research interests explore the relationship between innovation and equity; more specifically, he is interested in the ways science, technology, and data intersect with urban inequality, crime, mass policing & incarceration, racial-spatial stratification, and racial capitalism in America and abroad. He is a mixed-methods scholar, primarily drawing from fields like critical ethnography, statistics & data science, and machine learning.
Prior to Columbia, Taylor was an IRT Fellow, research contributor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University and the Information Sciences Institute at University of Southern California, and product design leader at companies like Adobe and Instagram. He graduated from Brown University in 2017 with a degree in Applied Mathematics and is a proud Chicago native.
Advisor Gerard Torrats-Espinosa, Assistant Professor in Sociology at Columbia University and a member of the Data Science Institute
Favorite self-care ritual
A Choice of Weapons by Gordon Parks